MacDMV November Meetup: Security Session in Arlington

Our November meeting will be on Saturday, November 14th, and will be hosted by Acronis at 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 800, in Arlington, Virginia. Dan Griggs from cmdSecurity will be speaking on Cybersecurity, Macs, and combining the two to enhance your organization’s security posture. Rich Trouton and Tom Bridge will have a conference wrap-up from MacTech’s 2015 Conference in Los Angeles, as well. After the meeting, we’ll adjourn to lunch at a nearby restaurant to be determined.

Thanks so much to Jack Savage and Acronis for hosting us! We’ll be just three blocks from the Ballston Metro on the orange line. Parking will be limited to street parking nearby.

October Event: Fire Station 1

Hello Mac DMVers! This month’s event is slated for October 24th at Fire Station 1 in Silver Spring. We’ll be doing a conference download from the JAMF Nation Conference in Minneapolis, as well as more El Capitan and iOS 9 updates, new hardware overviews, and a short presentation on saner office wi-fi networks.

Please RSVP here:

and we’ll be at the Fire Station 1 in Silver Spring on Saturday at 11am!

MacDMV September Event: iOS 9/El Cap Roundtable

Join us for the Mac DMV September Meetup on Saturday, September 19th, from 10am to 11:30am as we prepare for the launch of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan happening this October. We’ll have a round table of local experts on hand to take you through some fo the major changes to these platforms coming this fall, as well as whether or not your favorite tools are ready to help administer these updates.

We’ll also have some opportunity to talk about our fall schedule, as well as react to Wednesday’s Apple Event.

Thanks very much to AnswerWare for hosting us for this meetup! We’ll be adjourning someplace close by for lunch after the event.

If you’ve got a topic to add, please drop our organizers a note at

200 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

MacDMV August Meetup: August 8th, 10am

We’re set for our next meeting on Saturday, 8th from 10a to 11:30a at the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library located just across from the Gallery Place Metro in Washington DC. We’ll be confirming the room with DCPL in the next day or so, but mark this one down on your calendar and let us know if you’re coming!

On the agenda for this meeting:

1) A Recap of the PSU Mac Admins and Mac IT Conferences (Jenn Unger, Rich Trouton)
2) A Presentation on the new System Integrity Protection system (aka rootless) that is built into OS X El Capitan

We’ll also have an open roundtable on the betas for both iOS 9 and El Cap.

After we’re done meeting, we’ll adjourn to lunch nearby at one of the fine fast casual restaurants nearby (California Tortilla, Nando’s Peri Peri, or even Clyde’s!).

Are you coming? RSVP Here!

Eventbrite - MacDMV August Meetup

We’ll also have a couple cool apps from the AppStore for door prizes, including Wi-Fi Explorer by Adrian Granados!

Bring a friend and we’ll see you at MacDMV in DC next Saturday.


Tom Bridge for Rich Trouton, Jennifer Unger and Andrew Adkins and the MacDMV Advisory Group

April Tech Meetup!

Hope everyone’s enjoying the cherry blossoms and gorgeous spring weather!

We’re planning our next meetup for this Saturday, graciously hosted by our friends at the Applied Physics Laboratory!

Sign up is now available

We’re going to focus on Yosemite issues and Filing good radars as part of our event, and then we’ll adjourn to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Come join us!

11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723
Contact number 240-460-3976

Notes from 2014-11-13 Meetup

What’s new with iOS 8 and Yosemite



  • Continuity
    • Great, now all three devices (laptop, iPad, iPhone) ring with every call
    • SMS from Messages on OSX (for your Android Friends). Watch out for the “to” section.
  • Handoff –
  • Instant Hotspot – Can’t get this to work. Tried this post to fix without success.
  • Airdrop – Option to be “discovered by: Contacts Only”
  • iCloud Drive – Requirements for iOS 8 and Yosemite to be both installed in order to utilize.
  • Distribution pkg format – Open source items that allow custom PKGs effected
    • CreateOSXInstallPkg?
    • AutoCasperNBI?
    • CreateUserPKG?
  • FileVault prompt during Setup Assistant
  • SMB3 everywhere (Goto Server and Finder)


  • SystemStarter – This used to trigger /etc/rc.local and /etc/rc.shutdown.local. YOU MUST USE LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons the right way. See man launchd and man launchctl.
  • /etc/hostconfig – This effected MySQL for any Casper Users


  • DARK MODE (Sys Pref => General)
    • defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist AppleInterfaceStyle Dark effects Dock
    • sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true enables keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Opt + Cmd + T)
  • Safari
    • defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ CanPromptForPushNotifications -bool no
    • defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ ShowFullURLInSmartSearchField -bool 1

Trouble Items

Is anyone having these issues?

  • WiFi?
  • Renaming w/ (1), (2), (3), (etc)
    • JAMF Nation references kbase
  • Exchange and Mail
  • Kerberos (Marzack [Google] and Justin [PSU] tweets)

iOS 8



  • Device names can be set remotely from a administrative console
  • Administrators can prevent users from adding their own restrictions
  • Administrators can also disable users’ ability to locally erase, reset or wipe devices
  • last time a device was backed up to iCloud
  • Passcodes for specific apps


  • JAMF National User Conference
    • Videos are now available!
  • MacTech



Research More

  • Airdrop – Option to be “discovered by: Contacts Only”
  • SMB3 everywhere! (which MS Server? 2003, 2008, 2012?)